Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


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See our latest inspection reports

The HTA has made it easier for you to see our latest inspection reports.

Issue date:17 October 2017

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Public guides to the Codes of Practice published today

The first public guides to the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) Codes of Practice have been published today.

Issue date:05 October 2017

HTA portal temporarily offline

The HTA Portal is temporarily offline due to maintenance and essential upgrade work but will be back up and running by Monday 20 November.

Issue date:17 November 2017

HTA Triennial Review Published

The HTA’s Triennial Review The HTA’s triennial review was conducted by the Cabinet Office to provide assurance to the Department of Health and the public that the HTA’s functions are still required and that we are operating efficiently.

Issue date:20 April 2017

HTA Business Plan and Strategy published

The HTA has published its annual Business Plan for 2017/18 and a refreshed version of our three-year Strategy.

Issue date:07 April 2017

HTA launches revamped online portal

Today the HTA launched its redesigned online portal.

Issue date:30 June 2015

HTA appoints new Chief Executive

Allan Marriott-Smith has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). Allan will take up leadership of the regulator for tissue and organs on 6 July. Allan was previously the HTA’s Director for Strategy and Quality.

Issue date:15 June 2015

One year on: HTA addresses all McCracken recommendations

In 2013 Justin McCracken was commissioned by the Government to review the work of the HTA and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Issue date:13 August 2014

Input into the HTA's strategic plan

Each year, the Authority undertakes a strategic review in order to develop a Strategic Plan for the coming three years.

Issue date:28 July 2014

Review of the HTA codes of practice

The HTA has now kicked off a review of our codes of practice. The first stage of this will take place between now and September and is looking at the structure and accessibility of the codes.

Issue date:25 July 2014

HTA annual review 2013/14 launched

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) launched its annual review publication for 2013/14: Regulating for the public good at its annual event yesterday.

Issue date:16 July 2014

HTA responds to consultation on data sharing

The Human Tissue Authority has responded to the Better Regulation Delivery Office's (

Issue date:07 July 2014